7 Solutions for Powering, Protecting and Controlling Your Video Surveillance System

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Video surveillance is big business. A March 2017 report published by MarketsandMarkets, an international market research firm that serves 1,700 Fortune organizations worldwide, values the video surveillance market at $30.4 billion last year and projects that number to reach $75.6 billion by 2022.

Whether you use your video surveillance system to protect your assets, monitor employee behavior, deter tampering and theft, or lower your insurance rates, you want to be sure it’s reliable. Video surveillance systems can be vulnerable to power problems, such as blackouts, brownouts, surges, and line noise, that can disrupt security cameras and corrupt data. Here are seven solutions to help your system remain functioning at its full potential 24/7. [Read more…]

E-Rate: How School Districts Can Benefit

Did you know funding opportunities are available for school districts seeking to bridge the technology gap and meet the needs of digital learning in the 21st century? Also known as E-Rate, it is one of the nation’s largest programs supporting technology development in education today. [Read more…]

5 Essential Tools for the Tech-Savvy Business Traveler

According to the U.S. Travel Association, Americans logged 457.4 million “person-trips” for business purposes last year, a person-trip defined as “one person on a trip away from home overnight in paid accommodations or on a day or overnight trip to places 50 miles or more [one-way] from home.”

For many of you, the work doesn’t take a coffee break when you leave the office. There’s always one more email to send, one more report to look over, one more spreadsheet to complete. To avoid missing critical deadlines while you’re on the go, you’ve got to stay plugged in. And to do that, you need these essential devices to keep you organized and productive. [Read more…]

What’s the Difference Between Thunderbolt™ and Mini DisplayPort?

If connectors fit together, they must function together, right?

Not so fast…just because a Thunderbolt 1 or 2 connector and a Mini DisplayPort connector use the same geometry, that doesn’t mean you can always plug one into the other and get results.

DisplayPort is a passive technology with its sole function to deliver audio/video signals from a source to a display. DisplayPort 1.2 technology is known for outstanding performance capabilities with support for uncompressed full-color 4K video at 60 Hz, multi-channel audio and 3D stereo. But that’s the limit of its awesomeness. [Read more…]

Which Ethernet Cable Should You Use — Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a?

The decision of whether to use Category 5e, 6 or 6a cables to wire your Ethernet network pretty much comes down to cost, data transfer speed and connection distance. All use RJ45 connectors to patch into your network via server, router, computer or other hardware. As well, all support Power over Ethernet (PoE). Otherwise, each cable has a different standard. [Read more…]